• Resource Fess FAQs
  • Frequently Asked Questions – Resource Fees

    Hodges University strives diligently to provide course materials to you at a rate that is less than what you would pay to purchase the same course materials independently. Beginning January 1, 2017, a required Book/Resource Fee will be charged for each course you are registered for, if there are course materials required. 

    Learn more about Hodges’ resource fees and its new program for course materials.

  • The resource fee is a new course fee tied to individual courses that have required course materials/textbooks for that course.  This fee will be effective January 1, 2017, with the start of the winter 2017 term.
    No.  Resource fees will only be added to courses that have required course materials.  If there are no textbooks/course materials required, there will not be a resource fee added to that course.
    Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in the prices of textbooks and other course materials for higher education institutions.  In efforts to reduce these costs, Hodges University has partnered with textbook vendors and publishers to provide all required course materials at a discounted rate for all students.
    The resource fees range from $0 - $370 per course.  These amounts are based on the number of required materials for a course and the type of material it is (i.e. e-book vs. physical textbook).  A majority of the resource fees are below $100 per course.

    Yes. By clicking here, you will be able to view a spreadsheet that will give details about all courses, their required course materials (including ISBN information) and the resource fee associated with each course.

    Please note that there may be updates to the course materials and resource fees prior to the start of the winter 2017 term. 

    If you are considered a cash-paying student, the resource fees are a required fee that all cash-paying students must pay.

    If you are using Title IV federal aid (financial aid) to pay tuition and fees, you have the right to opt out of the resource fees and purchase the required materials on your own.

    Yes.  If you have enough financial aid to cover your tuition and fee costs, the resource fees will be included in those costs.  Please keep in mind that if you are using financial aid to cover these costs, check with a financial aid representative to make sure that your financial aid will cover all tuition and fee costs, including the resource fees.
    No.  You will be ineligible to use financial aid to cover course materials/textbooks if you decide to opt out of the resource fees.

    You will NOT be permitted to use Title IV federal aid (financial aid) to purchase your required and/or optional materials, for any/all courses.

    All of your required course materials will be your responsibility to purchase on your own.

    You will be able to purchase your course materials through the HU Virtual Store, but you will only be permitted to pay with credit card.

    Book charges will not be applied to your student account so you will be ineligible to set up a payment plan for any books you have to purchase.

    You are required to have all course materials purchased and received no later than the third (3) day after the course start date.

    It is not the responsibility of HU faculty and/or staff to provide extenuating accommodations if you are purchasing your required materials from a third party.

    You don’t have to worry about looking up your course materials on multiple external sites – we have already done that for you!

    You will have your required course materials on the first day of classes!

    You will be charged significantly less by including the resource fees on your account rather than using a third party, which will include retail prices, shipping costs, taxes, etc. – the resource fees are one low rate per course.

    You will have access to our customer service team through Ed Map, the University Store and Student Account Services if you need assistance or have questions about your materials.

    You will be eligible to use your financial aid funds to help pay the resource fees, if applicable.

    You will be eligible to sign up for a payment plan if financial aid cannot cover the entire cost, which may include the resource fees.

    Click here to view more information about the resource fees and opting out.  If you opt out, you will NOT be able to use Title IV federal aid to purchase your course materials.

    If you have registered for the winter 2017 term prior to December 7, 2016, you will be able opt out of the resource fees until December 7, 2016.

    Once you have registered for any winter 2017 term courses on or after December 7, 2016, you will NOT be permitted to opt out of the resource fees.

    No.  You will no longer need to use a book voucher for obtaining your course materials that you receive by using financial aid funds.
    Instead of a book voucher, you will now receive an email, sent to your Hodges email account, that gives steps/instructions for validating your class schedule and required course materials needed for those classes.
    For the new validation process, you will receive an email in your Hodges email account that will be from Hodges University.  In the email, there will be directions and a link to the new Hodges Virtual Bookstore.  In the Virtual Bookstore, there will be directions for validating that you are in the correct classes for the winter term and you will validate which materials you will need, including if you want a POD for your e-book items.

    If you have registered for the winter 2017 term prior to December 11, 2016, you will receive the validation email starting on December 12, 2016.

    If you registered for the winter 2017 term on or after December 12, 2016, you will receive your validation email with 24 – 48 hours after registration.

    Your e-book materials will be available to you on the first day of your class start date.  For example, if your winter 2017 mini-a term course starts on 1/12/2017, then that is the day your e-book will be available to you.

    Your physical books will be shipped to you within a week before your classes begin.  If you do not register until the start of the semester, you will validate all course information on that day and your physical items will be shipped to you within 3-5 days.

    If you choose to receive a POD with your e-book, it will be shipped to you within a week before your classes begin.  If you do not register until the start of the semester, you will validate all course information on that day and your POD items will be shipped to you within 3-5 days.  Please remember, you will still have access to your e-books as soon as you validate your course materials.

    If an e-book is not offered for your course(s), you will receive a physical copy of the textbook.  You will still need to go through the validation process in order to get the physical copies.

    You will be prompted to validate your physical mailing address so your physical textbook(s) can be shipped to your designated address.

    You will also choose the POD option when you’re going through the validation process.

    You will be prompted to validate your physical mailing address so your POD book(s) can be shipped to your designated address.

    No.  Once you have opted out, that is final for the remainder of the semester.  You will only be eligible to opt back in once the following semester begins.
    All electronic materials/e-books will be used through the VitalSource Bookshelf.  You may access the VitalSource Bookshelf link by going to “Tools” located in your course (through Blackboard).  You may also go directly to the VitalSource webpage located at https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com and log in to your bookshelf using your Hodges credentials. For additional support, go to https://support.vitalsource.com/hc/en-us.

    Please use one of the methods below to contact a representative about any other questions or concerns:

    Phone: (239) 938-7770 or (239) 938-7760

    Email: universitystore@hodges.edu or sas@hodges.edu

    In-person: Please go to the University Store or Student Account Services located on the Fort Myers campus in the H-Building. 

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